News 2/22/10

First off, thanks to everyone who has registered their company with the HIStalk Mobile Resource Guide. If you haven’t done so yet, please take a couple minutes to fill out the registration form.

There’s a great interview over on HIStalk with Cameron Powell, MD, of AirStrip Technologies.

On to the news…

Vodaphone 150

Vodaphone releases ‘world’s cheapest phone’. UK-based cellular operator Vodaphone unveiled the VF 150 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past week. The VF 150 costs less than $15 and is aimed at the developing world. It will initially be launched in India, Turkey, and eight African countries including Kenya and Ghana. The UN expects global cell phone ownership to reach 5 billion in 2010, with the developing world accounting for the most growth. According to the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the need to access banking and mobile health services is driving demand.

 Orange

Orange joins mHealth Alliance. Orange Healthcare, the healthcare division of France Telecom’s Orange brand, is joining the mHealth Alliance – a partnership which leverages rapid advances in mobile technology to improve public health, healthcare systems and patient care in the developing world. Orange Healthcare will begin working with the mHealth Alliance on projects focused in West Africa.

iSoft

iSoft announces Lorenzo for the iPhone. Australia-based iSoft will be releasing a prototype iPhone app later this year that will allow healthcare providers using iSoft’s Lorenzo health information platform to access scans, x-rays, and patients’ records. The app will also allow nurses to directly enter basic patient information including vitals.

Dataline Software announces free SNOMED browser for the iPhone.  The Brighton, UK-based software company – developers of the free, online Snoflake SNOMED CT browser – will be releasing a mobile version of the browser for the iPhone, called Snomobile [I love it!], on February 26th. The Snomobile browser uses a variety of techniques to find, sort and retrieve codes, including ‘fast find’ functionality allowing text and code search, with full detail pages.

Skype Mobile

And how long has this been in the making?… Skype and Verizon Wireless announce strategic alliance. The partnership will bring Skype to Verizon Wireless smartphones beginning in March. Verizon Wireless 3G smartphone users with data plans will be able to use Skype to: make unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any Skype user around the globe; call international phone numbers at competitive Skype Out rates; send and receive instant messages; and, remain always connected with the ability to see friends’ online presence.

3M Health Information Systems

Many thanks to 3M Health Information Systems for joining the ranks of HIStalk Mobile’s Founding Sponsors. 3M Health Information Systems delivers comprehensive software and consulting services to help organizations worldwide improve documentation, quality, and financial performance across the healthcare continuum. 3M offers integrated solutions for transcription, speech recognition, clinical documentation improvement, documentation management, computer-assisted coding, quality, and revenue cycle management. Make sure to visit them at HIMSS’10 Booth 5817 and make sure you check out 3M™ Mobile Dictation Software.

Access

Also a big thanks to Access, HIStalk Mobile’s first Platinum Sponsor – and they’re double Platinum as Mr. HIStalk noted since they are also Platinum Sponsors of HIStalk. The Sulphur Springs, TX company offers solutions that address patient flow, electronic forms, electronic signature, an e-Forms Repository, and portals that connect to media such as fax, e-mail, images, and universal documents such as EKG strips and other device output. Swing by Booth 4333 at HIMSS and let them know their support of HIStalk and HIStalk Mobile is well justified!

A week to go until HIMSS and I am already completely slammed. Nevertheless, the offer remains – if you’ve got the coolest app or solution on the market, drop me a line and I will make sure to check it out in Atlanta.

In the meantime, keep sending news, stories, rumors, whatever you’ve got to me.

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